Thursday, August 21, 2008

Gilligan: Hapless Navigator?

I’m glad that at least the highest levels of our government can inject such current pop culture analogies into the conversation. I was afraid that Gilligan’s Island references were becoming stale and harder to find than reruns of the show on television. Having spent most of my youth vicariously living the life of a castaway, it’s good to see someone is keeping the flame lit:

…the White House says President Bush has "no plans" to see the movie.

White House spokeswoman Emily Lawrimore said she's not sure that Bush has seen any of Stone's earlier films, which includes "JFK" and "World Trade Center."

One thing she's clear about: Oliver Stone has no credibility to chronicle the Bush presidency.

"Oliver Stone is an accurate historian like Gilligan was an accurate navigator," she said.

That would be Gilligan, as in "Gilligan's Island," the CBS sitcom from the 1960s about seven castaways shipwrecked on an abandoned island. The show featured Bob Denver, above, playing Gilligan, the hapless navigator.


I don’t recall ever thinking of Gilligan as “hapless navigator” or any kind of navigator. Hapless deckhand, maybe. And wasn’t the Skipper at least equally involved (not to mention that terrible storm) in getting the Minnow and its occupants stranded on that island?


geek_guy said...

Are you accusing the White House spokeswoman of being wrong!?!? Why do you hate America?

Anonymous said...

This goes along with the McCain camp's Dungeon and Dragons comment.

Another WTF moment brought to you by the GOP.